The art of crafting a carol

first_img’Tis the season for a little night (and late afternoon) music.If you’re in need of some holiday spirit, the Memorial Church may have just what you’re looking for. The annual Christmas Carols Services will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 p.m. and feature carols both familiar and fresh, including a new work by the church’s composer in residence, Carson Cooman ’04.It’s the 110th year of the much-loved holiday service, and while he hasn’t been composing for quite that long, Cooman has crafted a number of pieces for the time-honored tradition, starting in 2003 when he was a senior at the College. Since taking up his official post at the church in 2006 he has written a new piece just about every year for the ceremony that blends classic carols with contemporary works and has become a cherished event for members of the Harvard community and beyond.Cooman’s latest effort, “A Pilgrimage Carol,” is tied to the church’s exploration of the theme throughout the academic year. Church officials have organized a range of discussions around the topic of pilgrimage and trips to local attractions aimed at examining “how we might move through the world more consciously, attentive to the sacred within and around us, awake to the claims that the journeys of others make on our lives,” notes the church’s website.For his newest Harvard-commissioned piece, Cooman worked with his frequent collaborator, the Welsh-Scottish poet and librettist Euan Tait, whose texts have become his starting point.“Both the sound of the words and the meaning of the words has a significant impact on the music that’s written,” said Cooman. “The text exists first, so the music absolutely comes out of its images. [In this piece] Euan drew on the idea of these groups of animals and people coming to the manger and connecting that to a more general sense of pilgrimage that people might take.”After living with the words for a period of time, the music starts to take shape, Cooman said.“The process is somewhat different with every piece but after spending a lot of time with the text usually I start getting some idea of what the themes will be, how the piece will be structured as a whole … the shape that it will have.”For longtime choir director Edward Jones, Cooman always delivers “a wonderful product.”“He writes so beautifully for choirs and he knows this choir very well,” said Jones, the Gund University Organist and Choirmaster.“And I think in this day and age the theme of pilgrimage and journeys and where we are going is a really important one,” Jones added, “not just for the Harvard community, but for the greater community as well.”“A Pilgrimage Carol”Loved pilgrim lion,You bring me on Your backhome, the eternalplace of Your birth,Your sweet child play,Your laughter and light beauty,Your gaze of all-embracelove on Your parents,quiet, gentle Josephand Mary radiantwith Holy Spirit songsthat made her prayingdance. Oh how the worldleapt in her womb!Here, loved lion Jesus,I am again, pilgrimof the year past, amongthe kingdom of Your birth.I brush the shouldersof kings, shepherds.I am here,I adorethe forever Amen. Moving forward, even slowly, puts your goals within reach Related Here they came a-caroling 12-step guide to keeping those resolutions Holiday spirit fills renewed Memorial Church, as services raise $10,000 for crisis center The 110th annual Christmas Carols Service on Dec. 8 will be broadcast on WHRB. The service on Dec. 10 will be live-streamed at memorialchurch.harvard.edu.last_img read more

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, uninsured, low-income Americans are getting a new chance to sign up for subsidized health care benefits. President Joe Biden is ordering government health insurance markets to reopen for a special sign-up window. Biden signed an executive order Thursday directing the “Obamacare” HealthCare.gov insurance markets to take new applications for subsidized benefits, something the Trump administration had refused to do. He also instructed his administration to consider reversing other Trump administration health care policies, including curbs on abortion counseling and the imposition of work requirements for low-income people getting Medicaid. The new health care sign-up period will run from Feb. 15 to May 15.last_img

Squigs Pays Tribute to Curious Incident Newcomer Tyler Lea & Company

first_imgAbout the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time View Comments Related Showscenter_img Broadway newbie Tyler Lea has stepped into the spotlight of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, taking over for Tony winner Alex Sharp. They’re big shoes to fill, but like Christopher, he’s up for the adventure and already deserves an A-star. In honor of the Barrymore Theatre’s newest star, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of Lea and his fellow cast-mates: Rosie Benton as Siobhan, Enid Graham as Judy and Andrew Long as Ed. Check it out, and then catch them on stage! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016last_img read more

Mount Snow raises more than $5,000 for Irene relief, shatters attendance record at Oktobrewfest

first_imgMount Snow Resort,Mount Snow officials announced today that a record number of attendees came through the gate at this past weekend’s Oktobrewfest, many of which purchased raffle tickets for their chance to win the Golden Chair from the Grand Summit Express lift in support of local Irene recovery efforts with total sales eclipsing the $5,000 mark.  The influx of visitors over the holiday weekend regarded as a major boon for Mount Snow Valley businesses eager to welcome patrons now that most have re-opened their doors following Tropical Storm Irene.‘Regarding the success of this past weekend, the amount of visitors was tremendous!’  Said Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Philip Gilpin, ‘When people want to relax, explore and live life to the fullest, they know to come to Southern Vermont.’Mount Snow’s Oktobrewfest saw attendance increase at the two-day event by almost 25% over 2010’s record numbers.  Traditionally called Mount Snow Oktoberfest, the event was re-branded for this year following the decision to invite more breweries after the Mount Snow Brewers Festival could not be held due to local road damage from Tropical Storm Irene. Lodging properties throughout the Mount Snow Valley were either sold out or mostly occupied for the weekend and local restaurants reported exceptionally busy nights on both Friday and Saturday.  The weather certainly played a role in the weekend’s success with two days of cloudless skies and temperatures in the upper-70’s.Tickets for the Golden Chair Raffle are now available to purchase online at www.mountsnow.com(link is external).  They are $5 each with all proceeds going towards Irene recovery efforts in the Valley and the winner will be drawn at the grand opening of Mount Snow’s new chairlift, the Bluebird Express, early this winter.  The Golden Chair has been repainted and mounted on a custom-built timber frame which Mount Snow will deliver to the location of the winner’s choice anywhere within 150 mile radius of the resort.  With foliage at its peak in Southern Vermont the area is optimistic about experiencing another busy weekend coming up before getting ready for the lucrative winter season. Mount Snow is seeing a positive trend in long-range bookings for this winter compared to years past which bodes well for a successful ski season at the resort.  West Dover, VT (October 12, 2011) ‘ Mount Snowlast_img read more

Should grizzlies be delisted?

first_imgSince 1975 the grizzlies have been considered endangered everywhere outside of Alaska. Only 1,500 grizzlies call the lower 48 states home, 600 living in Montana, 700 hundred in the Yellowstone area, and the rest dispersed through Idaho and Washington. There are no grizzlies in the East; only black bears live here.Last year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposed delisting grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. Grizzly populations have rebounded, and some argue that the Endangered Species Act protections of their critical habitat are no longer necessary. The estimated 700 grizzlies in Yellowstone exceeds the species recovery plan goal of 500.Others against the delisting argue that the recover plan number is low and the critical habitat protections are more important than ever with increased hunting and development threats to grizzlies.Grizzly bears used to roam much of the United States, roaming from Alaska to Mexico and as far East as the Hudson Bay. Clearly, this is not the same today. Grizzlies have the widest range of any bear, being found in the North America, Asia, Europe, and can be seen in North Africa and the Middle East. The bears have been pushed out of most of their native lands due to hunting, development, and the loss of habitat.Is it time for the grizzlies in Yellostone to be removed from the Endangered Species list?Read more here. last_img read more

Ridge Woman Convicted of Neglecting 5 Horses

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Ridge woman who operates a horse-drawn carriage service has been convicted of severely neglecting five horses last year.A Suffolk County jury found Cynthia Schultes, owner of Quiet Time Shires, guilty Tuesday of five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.Her Cutchogue-based attorney, Frank Blangiardo, said the 53-year-old woman plans to appeal the conviction based on “several issues.”The Suffolk County SPCA had arrested Schultes last year, when the agency alleged that horses in her care had become severely emaciated.Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA, said that the four remaining horses are doing well and living in foster care.Schultes is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 4. She faces up to a year in jail on each count.last_img read more

Credit unions rev auto-loan growth engines

first_imgby: Mary Ellen BerryU.S. credit unions are accelerating their growth in auto lending as the economy improves and many of the financial institutions make a concerted effort to go after car buyers.Credit unions have increased their auto lending by nearly 30 percent since 2012, including a 16 percent increase last year, according to data from Sageworks, a financial information company.Total new and used auto loans among U.S. credit unions was nearly $225 billion in the third quarter of 2014, compared with $193 billion in the comparable year-earlier period , the data from Sageworks Bank Info show.; auto lending for credit unions totaled $173 billion two years ago.“All of the factors are sort of working in credit unions’ favor when it comes to auto lending,” said Sageworks analyst Aaron Lenhart. “Economic conditions are improving, and sentiment is following in line. People are feeling good. They see the unemployment number dropping and wages moving up a little bit.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Retiring CEOs: Don’t put on the cruise control

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A good friend of mine is CEO of a small community bank, and has done some remarkable things with it. He sees retirement on the very near horizon, and is reluctant to make any changes, even if they make perfect sense. He uses phrases like, “I’m on cruise control,” and, “Our model works great and I don’t see a need to make any changes.”This is not the first time I’ve heard this theme. Not long ago the operations manager of a bank told me, “I like your proposal and it makes sense. However, many members of our team are retiring in the next five years, and I think it would be hard to get buy-in to your changes.”As a consultant and coach I face this issue frequently. For example, 80 percent of bank executives don’t think their banks need to be data-driven. Of course my response is, “How can you not improve with a better understanding of your members and markets?”Let’s really zoom out now to a bigger picture issue. If you are a CEO, you owe it to your team to keep growing and developing yourself because their livelihoods and careers depend on a high level of engagement from you.If you go on cruise control as you start to see the runway lights of retirement approaching, it demoralizes the people below you who want to do great things for the credit union. continue reading »last_img read more

PFZW demands ‘change in mentality’ over carbon emissions approach

first_img“What we want is a change of mentality in the industry, but this is not a goal in itself. It should lead to a more sustainable world. “In that way, we are agnostic about the way we measure emissions, but the plan should be workable and lead to a change in behaviour,” Van Oostveen said.“In infrastructure, there is a lot to do, and in real estate we have already been working with carbon emissions for years. We have a structure in which managers report to us, so this looks like the easier investment category.”Van Oostveen said he remained agnostic on implementing a carbon cap or target for carbon emissions, but that the industry should be capable of creating a workable standard.In September 2014, the pension fund’s fiduciary asset manager, PGGM, signed up to the Montreal Carbon Pledge, as PFZW set about achieving its new goals by 2020.It vowed to quadruple its sustainable investments via a series of direct investments in green energy, clean technology and sustainable climate-related solutions.It will also compare companies in each industry and sector, subsequently picking the best performer with regards to CO2 emissions, via data from Sustainalytics and MSCI.Click here to read Liam Kennedy’s interview with PFZW director Peter Borgdorff and Van Oosterveen in June’s How We Run Our Money The €178bn pension fund for the Dutch health and welfare sector, PFZW, has said it wants to bring about a change in mentality over the pension sector’s approach to carbon emission management.The second-largest Dutch scheme recently overhauled its investment management with a new set of 11 principles to govern its approach, including a halving its ‘negative sustainability footprint’ and a creating systematic integration of sustainability in its investment process.Speaking in the June issue of IPE, head of investments Jan Willem van Oostveen said PFZW’s €55bn listed equity portfolio, with a carbon footprint of 1.2m tonnes, was a good place to start.However, he conceded it was difficult  to assess in other asset classes, but that the fund needed to assess its carbon exposure across all investments, including within its €21bn credit portfolio and €36bn private market investments.last_img read more

Damen Stan Tug 1606 for Gerd Stensen

first_imgImage source: DamenDamen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Gerd Stensen AS from Norway for the delivery of a Damen Stan Tug 1606. According to Damen, the client will apply the new vessel to their dredging operations.Gerd Stensen, like Damen, is a family company. Their dredging work includes but is not limited to the extraction of coral sand for the French agricultural industry.They have previously operated a Damen Stan Tug 1, still going strong after 36 years and recently sold to a vessel operator in the Baltics.Commenting the latest news, Damen Sales Manager Norway, Eirik Eide, said: “This is yet another example of how beneficial standardized stock building is for the maritime industry. Not only will the client receive a product that has proven itself in operations many times already, but the vessel is ready built for the fastest possibly delivery. In this way, Damen supports its clients of all sizes and all locations, throughout the world.” The order for the new Stan Tug 1606 came about when the client received a new contract for a dredging operation in the north of Norway.The tug will provide support to the dredging operation, manoeuvring a pontoon in the Norwegian fjords.last_img read more